COVID-19 Dietary & Safety Tips

In preparation for any unforeseen emergency situations, it is essential that patients maintain a proper kidney-friendly diet and nutrition plan that meets their individual needs. It is suggested that all patients maintain a variation of non-perishable renal-friendly supplies to last for a minimum of 2-weeks.

Planning ahead by creating a grocery store list by following the Dialysis Care Center Kidney-Friendly Pantry Food listing below, minimizes the chances of forgetting any necessary supplies and assist in ensuring adherence to meal plans. A Dialysis Care Center Registered Dietitian should be consulted for any concerns or for additional nutritional materials.

 

 

Grocery Shopping & Safe Practices

As dialysis patients fall within the high risk category for contracting COVID-19, it is highly recommended that they limit or eliminate exposure to the general public and all public areas, including grocery stores. Designating a member of the family or trusted friend to complete shopping needs should be priority.

All involved should follow proper CDC guidelines while venturing to the store. Remembering to:

  • Disinfect shopping carts with an EPA-registered disinfectant. 
  • Many products recommend: Keeping surface wet for a period of time (review label for manufacturer's instructions)
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Practice social distancing maintaining 6 feet of separation at all times.

 

 

Kidney-Friendly Pantry Food List

 

  • Bagels (except bran)
  • Bread (except bran)
  • Breadsticks (plain)
  • Couscous
  • Crackers (unsalted tops) or "reduced sodium")
  • Cooked cereals: grits, cream of rice, cream of wheat
  • Dinner rolls
  • Dry cereals: Apple Jacks®, Cornflakes®,Corn Pops ®
  • Corn or Rice Chex®,Fruit Loops®,Honeycomb®, Honey Smacks® Puffed Rice®, Rice Krispies®
  • English Muffins
  • Flour tortilla (6 inch)
  • Hamburger or hotdog
  • Hominy
  • Malt-O-Meal® Matz
  • Melba toast
  • Muffin, small (no bran or nuts)
  • Noodles, pasta, macaroni
  • Oyster crackers
  • Pita bread
  • Rice (white or wild)
  • Rice cakes
  • Canned or Sealed: Applesauce
  • Apricots
  • Fruit cocktail
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Peaches and Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Juice: Cranberry Apple, Grape Pineapple, Fruit Punch, Lemonade, Limeade
  • 1/2 Cup = 1 serving. Limit 2-3 servings per day
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Egg or egg whites/
  • Egg substitute
  • Fish
  • Lamb
  • Fresh pork
  • Peanut Butter
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Turkey
  • Tofu
  • *Freeze Meats to increase shelf-life
  • Canned or Frozen: Bamboo shoots
  • Water Chestnuts
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Green beans
  • Jicama
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • Peas (green)
  • Pumpkin
1/2 Cup = 1 serving. Limit 2-3 servings per day
  • Butter
  • Margarine
  • Cream cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Miracle Whip
  • Non-dairy creamers
  • Salad dressing
  • Sour Cream
  • Vegetable oil ( olive oil, canola & grapeseed are good choices)
  • Animal crackers
  • Candy corn
  • Chewing gum
  • cinnamon drops (Red Hots)
  • Cakes: (butter lemon, pound, spice, strawberry, white, yellow)
  • Cookies (shortbread, sugar cookies, vanilla wafers)
  • Cotton candy
  • Doughnuts (cake or raised, sugar or glazed)
  • Fruit ice
  • Graham crackers (original)
  • Gum drops
  • Gummy bears
  • Hard candy
  • Hot Tamales® candy
  • Jell-O®
  • Lifesavers®
  • Lollipops
  • Marshmallows
  • Newtons® (strawberry, apple, blueberry
  • Non-dairy frozen topping (Cool-Whip® )
  • Pie (apple, cherry, blueberry, peach, lemon)
  • Popcorn (unsalted or reduced sodium)
  • Pretzels (unsalted or reduced sodium)
  • Rice cakes
  • Rice Krispy bars
  • Butter crackers (lowsodium)
  • Sherbet
  • Skittles®
  • Strawberry shortcake
  • Sweet rolls
  • Sweet Tarts®
  • Apple butter
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Fresh brewed coffee, tea
  • Jelly
  • Ketchup
  • Rice milk, unfortified
  • Syrup,honey
  • Sugar-free sodas without phosphate additives:
  • sprite®
  • Slice®
  • rootbeer
  • 7-Up®
  • grape soda
  • ginger ale
  • cream soda
  • Sierra Mist®
  • Mountain Dew®
  • Measuring cups, teaspoons, tablespoons
  • Plastic knives, spoons, forks in case of water problems
  • Napkins
  • Disposable plates
  • Disposable bowls
  • Disposable cups
  • Paper towels
  • Can opener
  • Soap or alcohol-based hand wash
  • Thermometer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Scissors
  • Garbage bags
  • Bottle of household chlorine bleach/cleansing agents
  • Blood pressure cuff
  • Surgical masks
  • Sharp knife
  • Sterile gloves
  • First-AidKit
  • Photocopies of dialysis information
  • Diabetes supplies (if applicable)
  • 2-week supply of medications